Personnel – Passaic River Institute - Montclair State University
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Personnel

Staff & Faculty Members

PRI Staff

PRI Fellows

Clement Alo
Panjak Lal
Christopher Leberknight

PRI Member Research Interests

Earth & Environmental Studies

Stefanie A Brachfeld

Stefanie A Brachfeld
CELS 206A
brachfelds@montclair.edu
973-655-5129

Global climate change, paleoclimatology, marine geology and geophysics, paleomagnetism, environmental change in Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean, Earth systems science, planetary magnetism, geochemistry, and light and electron microscopy

Mark J Chopping

Mark J Chopping
CELS 312
choppingm@montclair.edu
973-655-7384

Remote Sensing; BRDF and Canopy Reflectance Modeling; Terrestrial Ecology/Carbon Cycle Science; Geographical Information Systems

Huan Feng

Huan Feng
CELS 422
fengh@montclair.edu
973-655-7549

Natural radionuclides as tracers for trace metal biogeochemical cycle; Riverine, estuarine and marine environmental pollution and assessment; land-sea trace element transport; laboratory QA/QC procedures; application of synchrotron-based technology in micro-scale study of chemical speciation and concentrations of trace elements, and structural… Read More about Huan Feng’s research interests

Joshua Galster

Joshua Galster
CELS 320
galsterj@montclair.edu
973-655-4123

I work on rivers, watersheds and how we interact with them. Projects including flood mitigation, river surveys and watershed-scale GIS projects.

Michael A Kruge

Michael A Kruge
CELS 322
krugem@montclair.edu
973-655-7902
Environmental geochemistry and forensics of organic contaminants in sediments; Marine, estuarine and lacustrine biogeochemistry. Geochemistry of peat; Fossil organic matter as indicator of environmental change; Applications of analytical pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry; Biological marker compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon… Read More about Michael A Kruge’s research interests

Duke U Ophori

Duke U Ophori
CELS 310
ophorid@montclair.edu
973-655-7558

Hydrogeology, Regional Groundwater Flow, Numerical Modeling of Groundwater Flow, Mathematical Modeling of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater

Greg A Pope

Greg A Pope
CELS 420
popeg@montclair.edu
973-655-7569

Earth surface processes, physical geography, environmental change, and geoarchaeology. Specifically 1) Rock weathering and soil formation processes. Applications toward paleoclimate interpretation, landscape evolution, and extreme event impacts (such as forest fires). 2) Stone conservation. Deterioration of ancient and historic stone… Read More about Greg Pope’s research interests

Robert W Taylor

Robert W Taylor
CELS 414
taylorr@montclair.edu
973-655-4129

Specialties are in: urban environmental management; sustainability planning for global cities; environmental policy; sustainability science; and environmental communications.

Danlin Yu

Danlin Yu
CELS 314
yud@montclair.edu
973-655-4313

Geographic Information Science / Spatial Data Analysis; Urban Geography / Regional Geography; Regional Development / Planning; China

Biology & Molecular Biology

Paul A X Bologna

Paul A X Bologna
Science Hall 112
bolognap@montclair.edu
973-655-4112

Seagrass Ecosystems: New Jersey and in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Stinging Sea Nettles: Population Biology and Impacts on food webs in New Jersey; Invasive Jellyfish in New Jersey; Review of current projects and research interests can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Bologna

Lisa C Hazard

Lisa C Hazard
Science Hall 121
hazardl@montclair.edu
973-655-3418

Conservation physiology and physiological ecology; Reptile and amphibian physiology, ecology, and natural history (emphasis on northeastern and southwestern U.S. fauna)

Scott L Kight

Scott L Kight
CELS 206C
kights@montclair.edu
973-655-5426

The fundamental mechanism of natural selection is differential reproduction: selection favors individuals that reproduce better than others. Dr. Kight is interested in understanding how and why animals make decisions about this critical biological event. Generally using invertebrate animals as model species, Dr. Kight and his students investigate… Read More about Scott L Kight’s research interests

Lee H Lee

Lee H Lee
Science Hall 108
leel@montclair.edu
973-655-7164

Molecular Microbiology; Medical Microbiology; Environmental Microbiology; Heavy metal effects on cyanobacteria

John A Smallwood

John A Smallwood
Science Hall 117
smallwoodj@montclair.edu
973-655-5345

Ornithology, ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology.

Dirk W Vanderklein

Dirk W Vanderklein
Science Hall 116
vanderkleid@montclair.edu
973-655-5265

My research focuses on how plants grow in the environmental conditions they live in and how plants affect the environment that they live in. Currently, my research is concentrating on four areas: the impact of Japanese knotweed (an invasive plant) on our water supply, how carbon and water cycle through a thinned and unthinned hardwood forest, what… Read More about Dirk W Vanderklein’s research interests

Computer Science

Katherine Grace Herbert

Katherine Grace Herbert
Richardson Hall 319
herbertk@montclair.edu
973-655-5398

Bioinformatics; Data Quality; Data Cleaning; Data Integration; Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; Information Retrieval

H Mark Hubey

H Mark Hubey
Richardson Hall 307
hubeyh@montclair.edu
973-655-5269

Mathematical Epistemology; Signal-Data-Information-Knowledge-Intelligence; Testing of Knowledge: Competence via Performance; Metrics for Measuring Knowledge; Information Quality; Knowledge Quality, Information Retrieval, Similarity Measures, Concepts; Mathematical and Computational Linguistics; Mathematical Ethics

Stefan A Robila

Stefan A Robila
Richardson Hall 312
robilas@montclair.edu
973-655-4230

Remote Sensing; Hyperspectral Sensors and Data; Computer Security; Distributed Processing of Remote Sensed Data; Information Hiding in Images; Information Assurance; Energy Efficiency in Data Centers; Computational Sensing;

School of Conservation

William H Thomas

William H Thomas
thomasw@montclair.edu
973-655-7614

Traditional Knowledge, Ethnobiology, New Guinea

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Neeraj Vedwan

Neeraj Vedwan
Dickson Hall 141
vedwann@montclair.edu
973-655-7503

My academic field of expertise falls broadly in the area of environmental anthropology. Specifically, my research is focused on water resources management, environmental perceptions, and the linkages between consumerism and environmental values and behavior.

Members Affiliated with Other Institutions

Levandowsky, Michael
Pace University, Marine Microbial Ecologist
McClary, Marion
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Behavioral/Physiological Ecologist
Pardi, Richard
William Paterson University, Geochemist
Weis, Judith
Rutgers Universtiy, Estuarine Ecology and Ecotoxicology
Weis, Peddrick
Rutgers University, Estuarine Ecotoxicology
especially mercury and other metals